The Short of It – Anthology Update!

Work on the publication is chugging along quite well! The pieces are selected, the cover has been produced and the rest is coming together nicely. I hope that you are all as excited as I am! Stay tuned, the compilation of the fine work of our contributors will be published very soon. 🙂

Reblog – 24 Riddles by Timo Schmitz, Philosopher

Please enjoy the opportunity to tickle your brain cells to answer the riddles below!
If you do, please post in the comment section or post on your blog.

24 Riddles (“March Riddles”)

If you get these riddles right, there is a prize that is worthier than any material prize – life
experience, inner peace and wisdom. If you get these riddles wrong, you might never know what’s the sense behind! Is there any right or wrong? a real true answer? – I don’t know myself!

No. 1
“One drop on the earth,
one drop on a stone,
as small as we are,
why do we try to be as big as a god?”

No. 2
“A flower never hesitates,
the wind comes and goes,
if you try to hold your life in a hand,
your feet will be heavy!”

No. 3
“What is a try – untried?
What is a life – unlived?
What is a breath – unbreathed?
Smelling faces of reality in my veins!”

No. 4
“Where we go is far beyond,
take your heart to every place,
fill in your love in all you do,
joy and suffering become one!”

No. 5
“So many directions,
so many paths that you can choose,
even if everything seems to fall down,
use the strength of your heart!”

No. 6
“Thousand hardships,
one milestone,
success or failure,
does it matter?”

No.7
“One butterfly flies,
through heart and mind,
one dream inside,
how does he live outside?”

No. 8
“Flowers are attracting many,
symbols for eternal things,
they grow majestic, but wither away,
which kind of youth do they hold?”

No. 9
“Thousand lights, but people are in the shades,
no one knows them, no one recognizes them,
their mind seems to be filled with own desires,
every morning and every evening, the circle closes.”

No. 10
“Summer’s sun greets many beings,
we see nothing, if we don’t breathe in,
we give nothing, if we don’t breathe out,
it’s always too cold or too warm.”

No. 11
“If there is anything above us – then it must be underneath as well,
if it is above and underneath, then why isn’t it in us?
Nature and human-beings become one energy,
To unite in the universe – wherever it might be.”

No. 12
“Thousand worlds drifting apart,
who knows where sunshine takes us?
Delight in every breath and a free mind,
Empathy, blessings, gentle and kind.”

No. 13
“Don’t destruct – create!
Look in the face as you look into the lie,
whether mercy or compassion,
accept!”

No. 14
“If a highway never ends,
but has many bumps on its way,
which time span can never even be?,
are we using the wrong measure?”

No. 15
“Every emotion that wants to be felt,
every idea in mind that receives a voice,
reason, awareness and things we strive for,
can you understand yourself?”

No. 16
“Freedom of mind,
freedom in mind,
freedom to mind,
what is mind?”

No. 17
“Face the connection of all things,
curiosity flowing through all your veins,
like a child, a peaceful mind,
for nothing more we know!”

No. 18
“Million faces break down,
walls of smiles,
the real world people close their eyes,
real happiness is a gift?”

No. 19
“When I bath in divine unification,
Is it God, Brahma, Dao, or Buddha?
Which essence I might meet,
Isn’t it all the same if we treat it right?”

No. 20
“Whether a soul or not,
Whether humans are empty or filled in divine,
Trees carry the fruit of life along,
Don’t take the word, but take the symbol to find its meaning.”

No. 21
“Names are of no meaning,
they come into mind, and disappear as such;
so many came into growth and are nothing now,
after centuries of names are names just words that mean nothing at all.”

No. 22
“Fear in mind,
makes me blind,
life goes by,
whatever!”

No. 23
“Love that has nothing but its substance,
where those who perform know,
while those who just talk might not know at all,
that there is nothing in between.”

No. 24
“A gain as goal makes luckier,
than a claim as goal might can?
But if a goal is what you hold,
Is it motivation or attachment?”

Schmitz, Timo: 24 Riddles, 28 March 2016, http://schmitztimo.wordpress.com. Printing and reprinting is allowed for personal, non-commercial use. Feel free to spread this
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Outstanding Blogger Award #2!!

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Thank you so much to Lisa Tomey of The Prolific Pulse for nominating me! I appreciate you thinking of me. 🙂 One additional question – chocolate or vanilla? 😉 Mean people drive me mad too! We have a plaque in our kitchen which reads “Because nice matters.”

I nominate everyone! Please feel free to make a post on your blog or just answer the questions in the comments. It’s wonderful to get know you all a little better. If you do decide to participate, here are the…

Award Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you can be nominated.

My Answers

  1. What is the most important thing you do each day? Wake up.
  2. What motivates you to get up in the morning? The goals I have for the day.
  3. If you could change just one thing in the world, what would it be and why? Every human would be born with critical thinking skills because it would enhance our world.
  4. What do you believe is the reason for poetry? For me, writing it is primarily to express who I am and what I understand. The reason I read it is to be transported into the mind of another.
  5. Who is your favorite musical artist and why? I have too many favorites for so many reasons but I think I will always love Pink and LP.
  6. Who is your favorite artist and why? My best friend, Terry Susi, because she is an amazing artist!
  7. Who is you favorite poet and why? Like music, I have so many. I enjoy all styles, from all generations. Rod McKuen and Henry David Thoreau were some of the first poets I read in my youth.
  8. What is the one thing you would like your child to know about you and if you have no child, what is the one thing you would like those closest to you to know about you? My best wasn’t always good enough but I always loved you both.
  9. Why do you share your work on a blog? I share hoping people get to know who I am and because it’s self-discovery for me.
  10. What beverage is you favorite and why? Water because it quenches my thirst like nothing else.

My Questions

  1. What is the hardest thing about facing your fears?
  2. What do you hope you are remembered for?
  3. Name three of your favorite achievements.
  4. Who encourages you the most?
  5. If you could travel anywhere and money were no object, where would you go and for how long?
  6. If you knew the date of your death, what two things would you make sure to do before you died?
  7. What is your favorite ethnic food?

Pure Haiku OPEN to submissions!

Pure Haiku is open for submissions!!

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Welcome back to Pure Haiku!

Our new theme is UNFURLING.

Please use this beautiful painting, Unfurling, by Elisa Ang to inspire you to write 5 haiku to submit by email before 28th February 2021 at midnight, UK time.

Take a really good look at the picture. I mean, a REALLY good look. Don’t just write about what’s there, write about what’s beneath the painting. What emotion or image or memory does it awake in you? Tell me something different about this picture. Don’t just rattle off 5 haiku with the 5-7-5 syllabic line structure. Really let Elisa’s painting speak to you. Then tell me about it, in your own words. Be different. Be aware. Be inventive! Use this image as a starting point for your creative flow…

You are NOT allowed to use the words LEAF, UNFURLING, UNFURLED OR UNFURL/S in either your haiku or the titles…

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Prolific Pulse Branching Out!

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My friend and WordPress colleague, Lisa Tomey, has started the Prolific Pulse YouTube Channel! She will do interviews, highlight podcasts with writers and poets, and do book reviews. Check it out and become a subscriber if you like what Lisa has to offer! Hope to see you there. 🙂

Also, if you are an author, a poet or a writer who would like to be interviewed, you can make a request to prolificpulse@gmail.com

Reblog – Poet’s Connection – Special Guest Denise Gibbon, Literary Attorney – Hosted by Lisa Tomey – The Prolific Pulse

Had the opportunity to sit in on this presentation. Some really good information about copyright and the legalities of publishing your work.

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Blue Turtle ComiX Collaboration!

I might as well share some more good news since I’m really kinda back already. LOL

Matt Snyder, creator of the The Prolific Potpourri blog, also notable for his Blue Turtle ComiX invited me to collaborate him. Having never done this type of writing, I wasn’t sure if I would do it justice but I happily accepted and this comic is what he produced. So freakin’ cool! Enjoy!

Blue Turtle ComiX: NYE 2021

Also if ANYONE is interested in collaborating with me on this comic or anything else, hit me up at mattsnyder1970@gmail.com

Prolific Pulse Press – Heart Beats Anthology Update!!

My hiatus was interrupted with a wonderful email from Lisa Tomey. I just had to share it with you! 🙂

Such a great way to start the day – good news in my inbox. I received the notification that my submitted pieces were accepted for Prolific Pulse Press’ Heart Beats Anthology! The publication date of the anthology is scheduled for April 1 or sooner. More details to follow!

It is an honor to be a part of this “anthology of poetry about the various aspects of what makes us tick or makes a heart beat. This will be about love, life, happiness, anything that makes life more joyful or tolerable.

At Year’s End

Our calendars are about to tell us to turn the page to a new start. May we all rebound from what was 2020, a year for some filled with more than usual angst, loss, and upheaval. Sorry, it must be said – 2020 sucked! Even for those whose lives weren’t challenged, they lost normalcy in the way where the hits kept coming throughout the year. It’s time we move on from this to find some equilibrium again. May 2021 be that for us.

Throughout 2020, there were some good times, even though life shifted, making it a bit difficult for us. Although not able to spend much time together, my family and I got creative to see each other. We are all safe and still healthy; hopefully, we will continue to remain so.

With restrictions in place, spending time with friends was almost non-existent, but my love and support, still deep and intense. I will treasure them forever. I miss them but am hoping 2021 will allow us to be more social again. Let’s hope so.

This year certainly gave me much to write about politics, the state of our world, and Covid-19. It was a challenging year to capture but, on the other hand, so meaningful. It gave me pause many days to be grateful for the good I did have.

Many pieces were featured in literary magazines and accepted for two anthologies. One published this year, and the other will be available in 2021. Something new, I was honored to do two podcast interviews! I also became a finalist in The Short Edition. It was heartbreaking to write about all the difficulties we are navigating, but to have the work recognized was thrilling. I happily accepted the insurgence of goodness throughout the year. It made things seem not so dismal.

At the end of 2019, before it turned into the year whose name shall never be spoken of again, IWH ended up with about 40,000+ views. This December, I anticipate that it will reach close to 58,000+!! WOW! The blog reached 2200 followers a few days ago and continues to add more! That means, if I do the math right, this blog is averaging about two to three new followers per day! Woo Hoo!! What a way to end the year. 🙂

This year, I interacted with many beautiful people offline (you know who you are!), gotten to know new writers/poets, even collaborated with a few, and was inspired by many! I’m grateful that at least this year did not dampen my writing experience.

New for 2021

Starting January 5, and every Tuesday after that, I’ll be featuring an older post from the blog. This weekly post will be called Redux. I think it’s an apt name for revived pieces. 🙂

I shall be working furiously on the anthology for The Short of It. The goal is to publish it no later than June but hopefully, much earlier than that! Please consider joining the mailing list for more information. You can find the link on the TSI page.

On January 4, the first 5 Day Tales story of the year will return. It’s called The Passageway.

I’ll be taking a break from posting until January 4. See you then!

Image credit for the featured picture – Kazuend – Unsplash

Outstanding Blogger Award!

Thank you so much for thinking of me Sadje of Keep it Alive! I appreciate it very much! And I enjoyed your answers. More and more I see that we are definitely kindred spirits! 😉

I nominate everyone! Please feel free to make a post on your blog or just answer the questions in the comments. It’s wonderful to get know you all a little better. If you do decide to participate, here are the…

Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2020, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2020 Outstanding Blogger Award!

My Answers

1. How did the Covid-19 affect your life?

How didn’t it affect me would be the easier question! I guess I’m just glad myself and my family are still safe and well.

2. What one special thing would you like to do for the world?

Contribute my uniqueness in a way that it positively impacts it.

3. It’s almost the end of the year, what one thing do you want to accomplish before saying goodbye to 2020?

I think I’d just like to manage to get through the holidays. It’s not the best time of the year for me for a variety of reasons.

4. What do you look most forward to in 2021?

Maybe getting back to some form of “normalcy”, whether that be in regards to the Covid-19 situation as well as our politics.

5. What is your favorite song of all time?

I actually don’t have a favorite song of all time as there are just too many that I like! I can’t choose only one. And my musical interests span all different types from hard rock to disco.

6. What one book would you recommend to everyone?

Any book that educates. I would hope that all people always try to learn something new.

7. What one question would you like to ask me?

What is it about writing that makes your day?

The Questions

  1. Name one life event that changed your life, positively or negatively.
  2. If you had unlimited amount of money, what would you do with it?
  3. What was the best and the worst thing about your last job?
  4. What do you think is the biggest contributor to apathy?
  5. Name three things you think are most important to maintain long lasting relationships?
  6. Who would you identify as an influential figure in your life and why?
  7. I like Sadje’s continuation of the last question, so I’ll ask it too! What one question would you like to ask me?